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Review: Nokia C3-01 Touch & Type

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Nokia took everything that's ever worked on a Series 40 camera and made it even better. Series 40 handsets have always had healthy camera applications that offer plenty of ways to shape the camera's performance. With the C3, Nokia has given the camera app a slightly fresher look and reduced the number of menus users have to jump through.

The most dramatic change, however, is presented by the touch screen. No longer do you have to futz with the d-pad to make adjustments to the settings. Everything is right on the screen, and bundled into groups that actually make sense. The second-most dramatic change is speed. This camera operates at light speed compared to the cameras on some of Nokia's past flagship devices. It launches quickly, takes pictures quickly, and gets you back to taking more pictures quickly.

After pictures have been captured, the preview screen offers the typical list of Trash it, Save it, Send it (via email, MMS, Bluetooth, etc).

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The gallery application is mostly carried over from other Series 40 devices. It doesn't offer the neat 3D effects seen on S60 or S^3 devices, but the grid is good enough to get the job done. Pictures can be sorted into albums, as well as added to slide shows. The gallery lets you swipe from image to image, and they move right along. No delays or stuttering. Everything is smooth.

The gallery offers plenty of advanced features, such as sending the photo any which way you want, editing it, and adding fun elements to it. The editing features are extensive and allow for cropping, rotating, color and white balance correction and so on. For a simple phone, the C3 outpaces some of the leading smartphones in camera and gallery performance.


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